Chelsea 0-3 Sunderland: Credit to Sunderland for woeful Chelsea!

There is little doubt that yesterday at Stamford Bridge Chelsea produced their worst display at home for a long long time and the majority...

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Sunderland's players applaud their fans after the 0-3 win over Chelsea  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

There is little doubt that yesterday at Stamford Bridge Chelsea produced their worst display at home for a long long time and the majority of the focus will be on who was missing for Chelsea yesterday and also the Ray Wilkins situation. However, you have to pay real credit to Sunderland for firstly how they approached the game and secondly for exploiting the weaknesses within our side yesterday.

Massive credit to Steve Bruce. He came to the Bridge, played two up front with two out and out wingers and it worked. Watching the coverage back last night Andy Gray on Sky said that he couldn't pick a man of the match from Sunderland because every one of the 12 players on the pitch played well and had good games. He is right, they did. The simple fact was that despite our injuries, Chelsea remaining BIG players never!.

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Asamoah Gyan of Sunderland tangles with Paulo Ferreira of Chelsea  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

I have to admit, news of JT missing the game before kick off had me worried. When I saw Paulo Ferreira playing next to Ivanovic I was really worried. From our back five remaining a solid tight knit unit, Chelsea looked vulnerable and Sunderland exploited us.

It's one of those games you just want to forget but we simply can't. All sorts of questions will be asked about our Squad and lack of depth etc etc today but the fact remains we still had Malouda, Anelka and Drogba up front who are capable of winning games themselves but yesterday they never turned up.

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Craig Gordon of Sunderland pulls down Nicolas Anelka of Chelsea in the penalty area  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

The thing is, Chelsea started off quite well. Had plenty of the ball but never really threatened their goal. Ramires headed a ball back towards goal and forced Gordon to shift across his goal line and make a save. That was as close as we came to scoring in the first half. Yes Anelka was nearly played through but Gordon came off his line and parried at his feet, Didier Drogba rifled a free kick that took a deflection and flew just over the bar. Zhirkov shot wide when it was easier to score and Ivanovic was being wrestled in the box by Turner from a Chelsea free kick but we never looked like scoring.

Sunderland to their credit hassled Chelsea, made us work for possession and closed us down all over the pitch. Sunderland then took the game to Chelsea and forced Cech into a couple of saves that had us worried. First Welbeck's header looking like heading into the corner was pushed away by Cech and then he saved at his feet to keep our goal intact. Cech was doing his bit and it was just a shame that the other players weren't.

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Didier Drogba of Chelsea in action with Lee Cattermole and Danny Welbeck of Sunderland  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Sunderland then felt hard done by and you have to say rightly so!. As a ball as played through, Ivanovic got caught on the wrong side and Welbeck looked to be beating him to the ball and through on goal, Ivanovic committed a cynical foul as he pulled him back and should have been sent off. Lucky for us he wasn't.

Sunderland then scored a goal that Onuoha will never ever forget and you have to admit it had been coming. As he picked up the ball 30 yards out, he brought the ball forward and Chelsea's midfield shield and defence parted like the red sea. Onuoha took the ball forward, dribbled through us with easy and half scuffed, miss-kicked the ball and it went passed Cech and into the corner. Cech had no chance. Credit to Onuoha for the goal but you have to question how easy it was for him to waltz into our box without anyone putting a tackle on him!

Sunderland led at half time 1-0 and being honest on clear cut chances created it was deserved. So we were looking for Carlo and the players to come up with a much much better second half performance.

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Henderson of Sunderland celebrate the second goal 0-2  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Chelsea started brightly enough as Drogba came closest to scoring as he shot was blocked inside the box but Sunderland again made Chelsea pay. A quick break from midfield saw Sunderland open Chelsea's defence and midfield opened up and a first time through ball from Henderson to Gyan had Gyan clean through. He took a touch and as Cech came out he slotted the ball passed him into the empty net to make it 2-0. It was a flowing move that you would have expect to watching at the other end!. Great football and you have to admire the finish. 2-0 Sunderland.

At this point you do wonder and look at the bench and think of what Carlo could do. For me the best form of defence is to attack. I will never understand why he took Malouda off for Kalou. If anything Zhirkov should have come off, and put Anelka wide left and Kalou wide right with Malouda in behind. The rest of the crowd wasn't impressed and made our feelings known.

McEachran then came on for Ramires with about 20 minutes left and it was too late for me. Should have been on for Ramires at half time. Kakuta then came on for Zhirkov. By now the game was over, just before Sunderland scored their third to round off a fantastic performance and result of their season so far, Chelsea had another half chance for Anelka but he shot wide. It summed up Chelsea's day.

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Ashley Cole of Chelsea reacts after his back pass gifts Sunderland the third goal 0-3  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Sunderland scored their third as Ashley Cole chasing a ball back towards the corner flag, again under pressure passed a ball square back across our box to what he thought would be to Cech, Welbeck was on to it and first time flicked the ball underneath Cech into the far corner. You have to say his performance deserved a goal and Chelsea were well beaten 3-0.

Questions will be asked all week, fingers will be pointed and doubts will surface about our squad this week. One thing is for sure, Sunderland deserve the most credit and made Chelsea pay with their work rate, endeavour and attacking style of play.

They say about the Premier League that any team can beat anyone on their day. Yesterday morning you would have never believed this to have been Sunderland yesterday afternoon but the was point made emphatically by the Mackems. Chelsea never looked like a side at the top of the league, they looked like they had a lack of ideas and leadership on the pitch.

I thought Cech and Mikel played well yesterday with Mikel always looking to try and get the ball forward but it just never happened for Chelsea.

Like I say, Credit Sunderland, well deserved win yesterday and good luck for the rest of the season.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti (R) talks to his assistant coach Paul Clement during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London, November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)

For Chelsea, we need to address issues that have become apparent in the last couple of weeks. Carlo Ancelotti said after the game Chelsea had a "Bad Mentality" and it seems to me anyway that this seems to be the case these days. It was there for all to see yesterday as we looked like a team well beaten. Not the Chelsea we saw at the start of the season!.


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